Award Recipients Announced for ArDOT’s Transportation Alternatives Program and Recreational Trails Program

The Arkansas Department of Transportation has announced award recipients for its Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and Recreational Trails Program (RTP) for 2022.

The TAP was reauthorized by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and provides funding for programs and projects defined as “transportation alternatives” for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized forms of transportation. TAP is a reimbursement-type grant program that provides for an 80% federal share and a 20% local match from eligible applicants.

Under the TAP program, eligible projects include construction of on-road and off-road trail facilities that include sidewalks, bicycle infrastructure, pedestrian and bicycle signals, lighting, and other safety related infrastructure. Conversion of abandoned railroad corridors for pedestrian and bicycle trails is also eligible.

The RTP is funded through a portion of TAP funds set aside specifically for recreational trails. These funds are eligible for maintenance and restoration of existing trails, development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages, and construction of new trails.

For 2022, 56 TAP projects were awarded for approximately $15 million and 12 RTP projects were awarded for approximately $2 million.

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A complete listing of all award recipients and project names is attached.